Soccer journalist Mike Cockerill dies

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    Long-serving soccer journalist and broadcaster Mike Cockerill has died after a long illness.

    Cockerill, 56, spent more than 30 years reporting on soccer in Australia, largely with Fairfax newspapers and Fox Sports.

    He covered six World Cups, the A-League and three Olympic Games in a long association with the game.

    In 2011, he was inducted into the Football Federation Australia Hall of Fame.

    Former Socceroo Robbie Slater said he was a great contributor to the game.

    “Mike was greatly respected,” Slater said on Fox Sports.

    “A really top man. We pass on all our best to his family.

    “He was a very, very special person to me. I’ve known him since I was 17. It’s a huge shock to me. He was doing the FFA Cup only four weeks ago and he’s been struck down. It happened very, very quickly.”

    Cockerill’s death comes a month after the passing of another well-known soccer pundit, Les Murray.

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    • September 1st 2017 @ 8:36am
      punter said | September 1st 2017 @ 8:36am | ! Report

      RIP Mike & thanks for your support for the Beautiful game in this country.

    • September 1st 2017 @ 9:03am
      TK said | September 1st 2017 @ 9:03am | ! Report

      Farewell Mike, and condolences to family and friends I always enjoyed reading his work and it is another sad loss of a stalwart football journo and way too young.

    • September 1st 2017 @ 9:21am
      Nemesis said | September 1st 2017 @ 9:21am | ! Report

      2017 is turning into the crappiest of years for Australian football fans.

      Mike Cockerill evoked mixed emotions from me.

      His commentating on FoxSports frustrated me immensely.
      But, I wholeheartedly cheered 90% of the opinion pieces he wrote.

      Regardless, one thing was certain – Mike Cockerill was a True Believer.
      And, now he’s gone and Australian football will be diminished by his absence.

    • September 1st 2017 @ 10:03am
      Midfielder said | September 1st 2017 @ 10:03am | ! Report

      Vale Mike… huge respect for the man he was a Football man to his boot straps and raised many critical aspects of the game… his support for the FFA Cup and second division was excellent…

      He was rare among Football journalist in that he wrote positively in the main, and was balanced in his assessment of most things.

      WE will miss him…

    • September 1st 2017 @ 10:27am
      steve said | September 1st 2017 @ 10:27am | ! Report

      so sorry to learn of this news, Mike was absolutely a football person and enjoyed his dulcet tones on media, but also his writing…RIP and God Bless his family at this difficult time

    • September 1st 2017 @ 1:55pm
      Ken Spacey said | September 1st 2017 @ 1:55pm | ! Report

      Didn’t know until read it a side comment in post about Japan loss. Because I live in an AFL mad town I used to collect the old Fairfax papers from the TAFE library (pre having net) to find out what was happening in football. Didn’t always agree but had no doubt Mike was passionate, objective and well researched. With Johnny and Les up there we hope there is a version of Adelaide’s La Trattoria for those long post match discussions that would go deep into the night. Vale Mike and thank you for flying the flag for the great game in the hard times.

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